Review: Nothing is Forever – South London Gallery

Review by Elisa Caldarola

Nothing is Forever celebrates the renewal of South London Gallery, based in a late 19th century building in Southwark. It is not an exhibition of works in a gallery, but of works on the gallery. The works are mostly directly painted on the walls of the gallery itself and are not “forever”, because they will be painted over at the end of the show. The works are on the gallery also in a more abstract sense, because they celebrate the spaces of the building.


Wallpaper’s August Issue: Handmade

Here at the Aesthetica office, our passion is magazines, and other than our own (obviously), some our favourites include Dazed & Confused, Creative Review and Wallpaper. This August, Wallpaper has produced an ambitious issue centred around a project that aims to harness the DIY spirit, and apply it to each aspect of the magazine. The Handmade Issue takes design and originality to an interesting new level.

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THE OPEN PRIZE for Video Painting 2010

Opening tomorrow at Nichols & Clarke (Blossom Street, London, E1 6PL) the Open Gallery presents the Open Prize for Video Painting. At Aesthetica, we are particularly interested in this new art form, and there are some fascinating works being created in film and video at the moment (check out the AND Festival in Manchester this autumn).

The City & the Arts Festival – IF: Milton Keynes International Festival is on now

The inaugural IF: Milton Keynes International Festival opened last Thursday with great success. The festival is a new initiative to promote Milton Keynes as a centre of excellence for arts and culture and with MK Gallery’s recent exhibitions (Marcus Coates and 2008′s Turner Prize winner, Mark Leckey), this doesn’t come as a surprise. The city’s unique architectural landscape has been transformed by a line-up of international artists and performances, which will last until 25 July, so you still have time to visit.

Review: Wolfgang Tillmans at the Serpentine Gallery

Review by Elisa Caldarola

Until 19 September the Serpentine Gallery will be showing a large collection of photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans. With some pictures dating back to the 1980s and the bulk of them from the last decade, it’s a rather kaleidoscopic exhibition, where Tillmans seems to be making a point of demonstrating that almost everything can be done with photographs.

Gary Hume’s ‘Bird in a Fish Tank’ opens in Berlin

Gary Hume (b.1962)is back this summer in Berlin. It’s been 15 years since his last solo show in the city, so there’s a lot of excitement brewing. Having opened last Friday with great success, Hume presents a selection of new work including Berlin Bird, a major large-scale six-panel painting, a group of six paintings, four sculptures and, for the first time, five works on paper.